Vin Lananna's changes at Oregon and answers to USATF CEO questions
Track and field is heading in the right direction. As the president of Track Town USA, Vin Lananna's job is to look at the big goals for track and field. Although it's based in Eugene, Track Town isn't a geographic location, but an organization that is looking to move the sport forward. In his first ever Skype interview, Lananna clears the air about the USATF position, recalls his favorite moments as a coach, and explains the purpose of Track Town. Hayward Field is always packed, so you have to make sure that you get your seat. You can purchase tickets for the NCAA Championships, the Prefontaine Classic, or season tickets HERE. Ticket Prices for 4 day ticket package as follows: Reserved seating $90 Adult GA seating $70 Students GA $40 with student ID
Chris Derrick gives inside look at joining Schumacher Clan
Less than 8 weeks ago Chris Derrick, the fastest American distance runner to never win an NCAA title, signed a contract with Nike and made the move to Portland, Oregon to train with the nation's deepest training group under coach Jerry Schumacher. Derrick gives insight on his decision to go with Schumacher, the dynamics of the team and new training system, and also where we will see him running in 2013. It should be noted that Derrick now lives in the fastest distance house in the America with Elliot Heath, Evan Jager and German Fernandez.....which is also discussed in this video.
Alan Webb talks training changes with Jerry & OTC
You asked and we delivered! After yesterday's interview with Alan Webb many were left wondering what his new training situation was like with Jerry and the OTC crew? We spoke with Alan about the changes in his training and what it has been like to be with possibly one of the most historic groups in US distance running history.
San Quentin 1000 Mile Club
Behind the walls of the San Quentin State Prison, there's something special happening. Jail is all about reform - going in one man and coming out another. For some, that means bible study. For others, there's classes. For the San Quentin 1000 Mile Club, there's running. Join coach Frank Ruona as he works with the San Quentin inmates.
Dan Huling, unexpected new member of Schumacher clan
If you were asked "who do you think will join Schumacher's OTC group in 2013," one name you probably wouldn't have thought of is that of steepler Dan Huling. Huling, the fastest steeple in the US in 2009 & 2010 (8:13PR), has confirmed his move to Portland with Jerry and the boys. Huling will now be training with Steeple American Record Holder, Evan Jager. In this interview Dan talks about the switch, a back up plan of retirement and taking responsibility for past failures. Btw....the guy at the end of the line in the picture on the homepage is Stuart Eagan. Made you look ;)
Alan Webb looks back to move forward
In a 15 minute sit down with Alan Webb, Flotrack talks to the American record holder in the mile about where he's at. He just made some big changes moving back to Portland, Oregon after the birth of his daughter while making another coaching change. Alan gives reasons for the changes and also looks at realizations he made after his 2012 season which was a frustrating one for him. Goals have changed, his focus has change, but the one thing that still remains is his love for the sport. In part two of the interview, Alan talks about training changes with joining Jerry Schumacher & the OTC crew.
David Torrence is fine tuning his kick in preparation for 2013
No other American distance runner has the performance range of David Torrence. With lifetime bests of 1:45, 3:34, 3:52, and 13:16, his combination of speed and endurance is unmatched in US history. The missing piece of Torrence's resume is a high placing at a championship meet. This winter Torrence addressed the issue of his finishing speed by attending a speed camp in Florida with the rest of Team Cook. In this video, Torrence talks about what he is working on to finish faster.
Sheila Reid reflects on bumpiest season of career
Over a span of two years from November 2009 to November 2011, Sheila Reid brought home 7 national titles to Villanova (2x NCAA XC Champ, 2x NCAA XC Team Champs, NCAA Indoor DMR, NCAA Outdoor 1500 & 5k). Heading into her final outdoor season in 2012 there we big expectations after having so much success, however she did not experience a fairy tale ending. Reid finished 10th in the 5k final at the NCAA Outdoor and was visibly devastated to finish her collegiate career in such a manner. After a bumpy road she went on to make her first Olympic team for Canada in the 5000 meters. Later this week we will have part 2 with Sheila talking about her coaching and training changes this fall.
DQ? You Make the Call
Hey, indoor racing can be tight, you got to hold your ground, and maybe they had it coming, but the Gophers made a dicey move into the final leg of the 4x4.
Elise Cranny stuns everyone (including herself) after 4:40 mile at NBIN
No one saw it coming. At the New Balance Indoor National mile, Elise Cranny's plan was to simply hang with leaders for as long as possible. She stuck with the two-time defending champion, Hannah Meier, until about 50m to go. Cranny didn't fall off pace, but took the lead and broke the tape in 4:40.62 (#5 all-time). She had run some good workouts, but this one was a stunner. Earlier this indoor season, Cranny had posted a new personal best of 4:58, but that was run at altitude. Dropping down to sea level, Cranny shocked the crowd in NYC, posted an 18-second personal best, and ran straight into the record books.
A Massive Boulder Can't Stop Jane Larson
Jane Larson is a 12-time DII All American out of Seattle Pacific and her running resume is very solid. In the summer of 2012, she missed on making the Olympic Trials in the 1500 after having a good spring of racing. Then a near-fatal rock climbing accident left her with crushed bones held together by plates and screws. This video shows one of Jane's challenging workouts on her road to recovery.
"The most fit I've ever been"
Andrews is back in Jersey and by the sound of it, he is killing it. In part 1 our 3 part interview, Robby gives us insight into current fitness and opening this season with a bang.
Donn Cabral takes on professional running in his first post-collegiate season
We've seen pictures from all the Nike training groups, but where's Donn Cabral been?! Well, he's up in Bellingham, WA and things have been going pretty well. This indoor season will be pretty short for Cabral as he's gearing up to return to the steeple in the spring. In his first year out of college, The Donn has been learning some little idiosyncrasies that comes with being a professional runner.
A Bit of a Whirlwind: Lee Emanuel
This video is an interview with Lee Emanuel. In it, he talks about where he comes from and where he is going. Emanuel, at graduate from the University of New Mexico, was the 2009 and 2010 NCAA Indoor Mile Champion. He holds PRs of 3:37-1500, 3:57-mile, 7:56-3k and 13:31-5k. The video was a final project for my CJ 269 class taught by Lillian Kelly at the University of New Mexico. The other two members of my group were Tania Martinez and Veronica Deeds.
M 800 (Cas Loxsom sets PSU/facility 800 record - 2013 Nittany Lion Challenge)
Cas Loxsom ran 1:46.98 for 800-meters at the Nittany Lion Challenge, setting facility, school, and meet records. Loxsom's time is also the NCAA leader for 2013! In second place was Penn State frosh Brannon Kidder who also ran under the old meet record with his time of 1:48.17. Event 11 Men 800 Meter Run ================================================================ Facility: F 1:47.36 2011 Casimir Loxsom, P S U PSU: P 1:47.32 2010 Ryan Foster Meet: M 1:50.48 2012 Owen Dawson, Unattached Name Year School Finals ================================================================ Finals 1 Loxsom, Casimir SR P S U 1:46.98P 2 Kidder, Brannon FR P S U 1:48.17M 3 Dawson, Owen U N A 1:50.87 4 Crawford, Matt FR Cornell 1:56.91 5 Pirnie, Andrew SO Albany 1:57.53 6 Damiani, Tom FR P S U 1:57.83 7 Baker, Colin JR P S U 1:57.96 8 Washington, Wesley SR Pittsburgh 1:57.98 9 McCuiston, David SR Cornell 1:58.21 10 Fuller, Mark SR P S U 1:58.37 11 Lowry, Dylan JR Albany 1:58.92 12 Castelli, Tyler FR Pittsburgh 2:01.38 13 Mattera, Nicholas JR Albany 2:02.29 -- Fuller, Kevin U N A DNF -- Negley, Samuel JR Pittsburgh DNF
Hoosier Open Men's 5,000m Invitational - Hill 13:43.52
Zach Mayhew finished second in an elite 5,000m race, clocking a time of 13:51.79. All six finishers in the race were faster than the collegiate leader entering the weekend, putting Mayhew second on the national list in the young season. Mayhew's time is a two-second improvement on his career best and ranks fifth in IU history. NC State's Ryan Hill took the win in 13:43.52. Full Results
Jacob Hernandez annouces retirement from track and field
After taking a long look at what drives him everyday, Jacob Hernandez has decided that he's going to step away from track and field. The three-time NCAA champion feels that it's his time to move on. He's been through the highs and lows that the sport has to offer and like anyone who's passionate about something, it's tough to look back and say, "Do I have any regrets?"
Jessica Tebo couldn't bring herself to watch Olympic Trials
In 2012 Jessica Tebo, formerly Jessica Pixler, was the top seed in the NCAA and one of about only six women who had run the 5k Olympic A standard (sub-15:20). With the Olympic Trials in site and a realistic shot at making the London squad, Tebo suffered a broken foot at the NCAA Championships that sidelined her for the rest of the year. Tebo couldn't bring herself to even watch the Olympic Trials 5k and afterwards contemplated never running again. After regrouping and signing with new sponsor, Brooks, Tebo is getting healthy and looking ready to make a team in 2013!
600m WR holder Johnny Gray talks about the off-distance event
Johnny Gray holds the outdoor world record for 600 meters (1:12.81), coaches a professional group that includes Duane Solomon, and is the middle distance coach at UCLA. In this interview Johnny talks about Duane Solomon's outlook for 2013, a season that started with a 600 meter indoor American record in January. Johnny also talks about what could have been at 600 meters: Gray vs. Michael Johnson.
The New King of Cross - Chris Derrick
After seven months away from racing, Chris Derrick's professional debut was a victorious one last weekend in St. Louis. He now moves on to the World XC Championships in Poland where he will lead one of the strongest US teams ever assembled. Healthy and training hard, Chris also discusses the role coaches play in motivating and inspiring him in preparation for major events.